Heart of California Adventure Motorcycle Ride

 September 15 – 21, 2024

Here are the PICTURES from the last time we did this ride.

"Best California Adventure Ride"

Join us for an adventure motorcycle ride to explore the center of California. In a single day you can ride through mountain passes, dense redwood forests, grassy rolling hills, coastal cliffs and sprawling vineyards – all on roads that seem like they were made for motorcycles. We might be biased, but we think there is no better place to ride a motorcycle than in our own backyard.

  About the ride

This is a week long adventure motorcycle ride to explore and discover California's fantastic heart - both coastal mountains and inland mountains and some magic in between.  The ride is mostly paved with some dirt road options and is suitable for all bikes, small and large.  Riders will be staying in hotels each evening and eating in local restaurants so there is no need to carry a lot of gear. There is no support vehicle so riders will need to carry their own gear on their bikes.  The weather this time of year is most often great, but it can change and affect the routes we take.  Riders need to carry gear to be prepared for cold and rain, just in case

Why am I so excited for this ride? 

Brian and Brad finished my Grand Canyon ride and were so excited about great rides that they proposed to me that they create a California ride.  I said OK, send me a proposal.  I thought this would be fun because I had already done rides there and knew the area fairly well myself. When they sent me the ride plan I carefully studied it and found it was fantastic.  Wow, who are these guys? These guys were able to show me a thing or two.  So I have been working with them to make this a new gpsKevin style ride.  The ride plan has turned out fantastic, I love it when rides are created out of passion.  gpsKevin   

Signup info:

The cost to join this 7 day ride is $1395.  This covers your lodging for the 8 nights during the ride.  This also covers your ride packets which include a custom Garmin GPS map on a micro SD card and printed ride maps and descriptions.

Now taking signups: You can now reserve your spot on this ride by leaving a $200 Deposit  (Ride limit is 20 riders)

$200 Deposit

After your signup riders will receive an email from me with further ride information and instructions.

Note: Riders must make full payment by July 20th, 2024

Riders will receive ride packets in the mail one week before the ride.

Refund Policy

Do not sign up for this ride unless you are serious about coming.  I take your signup very seriously and start planning for you the minute you sign up.  If you need to cancel up to one month prior to the ride start date I will give you a full refund but I will keep $100 to cover the planning work. Sorry but I make non refundable commitments myself so it gets hard for me. "I hate this world of non refundable deals myself." If you need to cancel within one month of the ride I cannot give a refund unless I can find a replacement rider. In the case of finding a replacement rider, I will gladly give you the full refund minus the $100 to cover the planning work.  In the event of ride cancellation, you will be given a full refund.

 Ride Details

 I know many of you also enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is the detail, enjoy! 

Plan Heart of California 2024

Yoda Clever Mike

Magic Yoda Roberto

Yoda Super Dave

View the ride maps below

OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below are the ride maps.

I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride.  At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool.  If you start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail.  I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!


The Blue lines are MAIN routes

The Red lines are Harder routes

The Green lines are Easy options

The Black lines are the out and back viewpoints

How does the ride navigation work?

This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own.  You are responsible for your own riding.  You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit.  People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together.  You are not encouraged to ride alone.  You are responsible for your own riding and yourself. 

 (see my ride Navigation Video)

Are you right for this ride?

When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help?  You should be in the more likely to offer help camp.  This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help.  Additionally there is all the normal stuff, come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.

How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?

I develop very high quality ride maps custom for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden.  I take the best from all my rides and make new ones. 

(See my Custom Ride Maps Video)


Note from me, gpsKevin

My goal for this ride is simple, great riding, so you can count on great routes and places to ride.

But in addition: the ride is about  discovering new places, meeting new friends, seeing new parts of the country.




Q: What bikes are good for this ride?

A: Almost any adventure bike can work well.  The routes have options suited for bikes from the V-Strom to the 1190 Adventure.

 Not recommended are dual sport bikes unless you are OK with a lot of back pavement.  

Q: What gas distance range should my bike have?

A: I would suggest that  you carry enough fuel to make 150 miles due to the fact that sometimes the route can have issues and it is good to have a little margin.

Q: What is the total distance of this ride?

A: Total ride distance is 1,157 miles and can vary by your personal route choice options.

Q: What are motel room arrangements?

A: Rooms are double occupancy, meaning each rider shares a two queen bed room with another rider.

Q: Is the riding really on my own?

A: Yes, but everyone hooks up and rides with a friend, or a new friend or me.

Q: Will I do this ride again next year?

A: No, sorry, I hardly ever repeat rides as I love to develop and discover new places and rides each season. And I have a long dream list of rides now. So this is likely the only time for this ride. Remember: Every time we say no to a ride that is one less ride in life.

Q: Do I need insurance?

A: Yes, you must carry proof of medical insurance and liability insurance for yourself/motorcycle.

Q: Would this be a good ride for new riders?

A:  No, this ride is for experienced riders only. The riding has easy route choices and tough route options. Each evening we will study the following day's choices. You will find lots of supportive people at the ride.

Who is going on the ride?

Roberto C

Menlo Park, CA

Dave R

Pacifica, CA

Mike B

Los Gatos, CA

Joe H

Danville, CA

Matts M

Menlo Park, CA

Paul S

Saratoga, CA

Roger S

Oceanside, CA